Health care restructuring: Ending debate on Reid bill

Senate Roll Call No. 395
111th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 60-39 (see complete tally)
On December 23, 2009, during consideration of a massive bill to restructure the health care system (H.R. 3590), the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 39 to invoke cloture (to close debate) on the bill.  NRLC opposed H.R. 3590 partly because it would allow the federal government to subsidize private insurance plans that cover abortion on demand, establish a federally administered program of private "multi-state" plans that could cover abortion on demand, and empower federal officials to mandate abortion coverage in private health plans, among other pro-abortion provisions.  For more details on the pro-abortion provisions of the bill, click here.  NRLC also objected to provisions that would cause rationing, including those that would place substantial restrictions on the ability of Americans to spend their own money to obtain health insurance that would be less likely to deny life-preserving medical treatments.  Because NRLC did not want H.R. 3590 to advance, NRLC opposed this cloture motion, but it was adopted, 60 to 39 (Senate roll call no. 395).  All 60 members of the Senate Democratic caucus supported cloture (i.e., voted to advance H.R. 3590), while 39 Republicans voted against cloture.   Because of this roll call, the bill advanced to the next stage of the process, and on December 24, 2009, it was passed by the Senate.  On March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives also passed this bill, and it was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 395
Votes For : 60
Votes Against : 39
Not Voting : 1

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